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Happy burfdae to ME!!!

And omigawd... just realised that this blog is four years old today!

Date created: 2003-11-02 06:53:31
Date updated: 2007-11-02 15:54:16, 19 minutes ago
Journal entries: 402
Comments: Posted: 871 - Received: 662

Chey... so few journal entries...

Easy Come, Easy Go

Being the tech geek I am, I got all flustered and *wet* while I learnt there was an easy-to-follow, step-by-step unlock for the Apple iPhone, and that I could get a hold of the Apple iPhone direct from its US web store, ship it via vPost directly into my hands. AHEAD of its official SG release at an unknown date/month in 2008!

So on Sept 18, I did exactly that. Placed my order via vConcierge, since Apple US only accepts US credit cards, and vConcierge is a service that "buys" items from such stores on your behalf(at a fee of course) and ships it back via vPost (at another fee).

So here's the timeline in brief: (vPost should PAY me for this)
  • 18 Sept: Submitted request to vCon to buy 8gig refurbished Apple iPhone from Apple Store US
  • 18 Sept: Received reply from vCon with charges (S$20.38 + 5.1% of invoice value) and requesting confirmation to proceed & make payment.
  • 18 Sept: Payment made without hesitation! (Cost: S$588 - Refurb iPhone @ US$349 + vCon charge)
  • 19 Sept: vCon makes order with Apple Store US
  • 19-20 Sept: Purchased clear acrylic case from ebay for iPhone. Case is shipped from seller.
  • 22 Sept: Refurbished iPhone arrives at vPost center in Oregon.
  • 22-23 Sept: Weekend! Boohoo...iPhone does not move an inch closer to my hands
  • 24 Sept: vPost bills shipping charge of S$19.65 + GST of S$37.73 = $57.58
  • 24 Sept: Shipping charges paid without hesitation so as not to delay delivery a second longer!
  • 25 Sept: Item is shipped from Oregon enroute to SG (I presume...becos no info is given on its whereabouts until it arrives in SG on...)
  • 29 Sept: Item arrives in SG Speedpost Processing Centre
  • 29-30 Sept: zzz...shouldn't the postal service operate on weekends? Esp. if the service sells itself as being SPEEDy??
  • 2 Oct: Item delivered...Hallelujah! Its in my hands! FINALLY!

  • 10 Oct: iPhone sold @ S$810. It was fun while it lasted...


This occurred to me the other night as I was turning in... What if one fine day I wake up and I'm back to when I was 10, lying in my single bed in my old room and the past 18 years have all been a bad dream? All this time that I've been feeling like I'm still not ready for the responsibilities of the real world and to be an adult, its actually because I'm still a kid and this has all been a very long, vivid dream. No wonder I sometimes feel like I'm walking on clouds and the world's a hazy blur as it passes me by. If the past 18 years disappears in a flash, would it be a complete waste or would I be happy to get the chance to do it all over again? Well the latter, only if I still have the experience I've gained over the years, otherwise I'd still make the same silly mistakes.

Why can I still remember some details from my kidhood like it was yesterday? I really wonder if I've been asleep all this while.

The Real and Only National Library

This will be a very quick post, mainly because no one should forget the old National Library building at Stamford Road.

Yesterday.sg linked to a two-part post on the "Red Brick National Library". Go read and reminisce! Personally, I rem fondly the cool aircon with the smell of old books I so love... the high ceiling that evolved notions of grandeur and history. And the Coffee club xpress with the its wonderful Oreo ice-blended coffee!

Stupid gahmen and their decision to turn it into a tunnel!

The driver don't pick the car...

...the car picks the driver!

I am Bumblebee! Which Transformer are you?

Take the TF personality test



Screw Flickr!

I finally found a reliable photo-hosting site, one that doesn't have a ridiculous limit or that takes too long to load.

Uploading pix is soo easy too! Before I start sounding like an advertorial, just go here. Finally put up pix of my Transformers collection with only a few clicks :D


Fandom 101




Can't wait!
from http://www.catalogmagazine.com
1. Hold a clipboard and a pen and puff out your chest - you're Puffy the Vampire Surveyor.
2. Arrive at the party without any preparation. When someone asks what you're supposed to be, answer, "I'm gorgeous. Oh, are you ugly? How clever! Where'd you find the outfit?"
3. If you're a girl, bring your mangy dog. Presto! You're Britney Spears and Kevin Ferderline.
4. You don't even need a costume. Simply stand next to a lamp. When someone asks who you're supposed to be, point at your shadow and say, "Alfred Hitchcock. Duh."
5. Arrive at the party shirtless. When the host opens the door, just smile broadly and say, "I'm Julian Hee - with his full range of expressions."
6. Go to the party dressed the way you usually do. Voila! You're a member of Kiss on his day off.
7. Wear a tight tank top and stand around looking haughty. When someone asks, "What are you supposed to be?", you answer angrily, "I'm the only gay in the village! Homophobe!"
8. Show up in a thong. You're Chewbacca after a Brazilian.
9. If you're a guy, show up naked. If you have a large schlong, you're Ewan McGregor. If you have wiener, you're Jude Law.
10. Wear a visor and aviator sunglasses. Ta da! You're a lesbian.


The Mayonnaise Jar & Two Cups of Coffee

A good read...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes". The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things --God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff." "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."